This excerpt is taken from the US Consular
Information Sheet for China (the latest version of which
can be accessed by clicking
MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION: Western-style
medical facilities with international staffs are available in Beijing,
Shanghai, Guangzhou and a few other large cities. Many other hospitals
in major Chinese cities have so-called VIP wards (gaogan bingfang).
These feature reasonably up-to-date medical technology and physicians
who are both knowledgeable and skilled. Most VIP wards also provide
medical services to foreigners and have English-speaking doctors
and nurses. Most hospitals in China will not accept medical insurance
from the United States, with the exception of the following hospitals,
which are on the BlueCross BlueShields worldwide network providers
- overseas network hospitals list (http://www.fepblue.org/wasite/wabenefits/wa-benefitsoverseas04.html):
Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Beijing United Family Hospital, Beijing
Friendship Hospital, International Medical Center in Beijing, and
Peking Union Medical Center. Travelers will be asked to post a deposit
prior to admission to cover the expected cost of treatment. Hospitals
in major cities may accept credit cards for payment. Even in the
VIP/Foreigner wards of major hospitals, however, American patients
have frequently encountered difficulty due to cultural and regulatory
differences. Physicians and hospitals have sometimes refused to
supply American patients with complete copies of their Chinese hospital
medical records, including laboratory test results, scans, and x-rays.
All Americans traveling to China are strongly encouraged to buy
foreign medical care and medical evacuation insurance prior to arrival.
Travelers who want a list of modern medical facilities in China
can access that information at the Embassys website.
Ambulances do not carry sophisticated medical equipment. Injured
or seriously ill Americans may be required to take taxis or other
immediately available vehicles to the nearest major hospital rather
than waiting for ambulances to arrive. In rural areas, only rudimentary
medical facilities are generally available with often poorly trained
medical personnel who have little medical equipment and medications.
Rural clinics are often reluctant to accept responsibility for treating
foreigners, even in emergency situations.
Foreign-operated medical providers catering to expatriates and
visitors are available in China.
SOS International, Ltd., operates modern medical and dental clinics
and provides medical evacuation and medical escort services in Beijing,
Nanjing, Tianjin and Shekou, as well as 24hr Alarm Centers in Beijing
and Shanghai. Through clinics in Beijing (24 hours), Tianjin, Nanjing
and Shekou, SOS offers international standard family practice services,
emergency medical services and a range of clinical services.
The emergency assistance services SOS offers through alarm centers
in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing compliment their clinics. Each
Alarm Center provides 24-hour hotline services to all global members
when they are in China. Any problem from lost luggage to a serious
medical condition can be reported to the alarm center, where multilingual
coordinators and doctors are on duty to respond to all manners of
To provide these services, SOS has developed an external network
of hospitals, airlines and local authorities with whom they work
to deliver a fast and efficient response. These services also support
the many remote site medical staff, equipment and facilities that
SOS provides to clients.
For medical emergencies anywhere in mainland China, Americans can
call the SOS International, Ltd., 24-hour "Alarm Center"
in Beijing at telephone (86-10) 6462-9100 or in Shanghai at (86-21)
6295-0099 for advice and referrals to local facilities. SOS International
Alarm Centers can also be contacted in Hong Kong at telephone (852)
2428-9900 and in the United States at (215) 245-4707. For a full
list of SOS locations and phone numbers, consult the SOS website
Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics ("BJU") Tel.:
(8610) 64333960/1/2/3/4/5 (24-hour service), Fax : (8610) 64333963.
BJU is the first and remains the only foreign-invested full service
international standard 50-bed hospital operating in Beijing, China.
BJU was opened in 1997 by Chindex International, an American company,
which in 2002 was awarded the US Secretary of States Award
for Corporate Excellence. BJU offers the full range of specialties
including Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology,
Pediatrics, Dentistry, Psychiatry and Physiotherapy, in addition
to a 24-hour Emergency Room staffed solely by Expatriate Staff Specialists.
These Physicians are all board qualified (or equivalent) in their
respective fields and include specialties such as Anesthesiology
and Intensive Care Medicine. Additionally, staff is fluent in a
wide range of languages, including English French, German, Japanese,
Spanish, Swedish, and Finnish.
Facilities include 2 Operating Theatres, international standard
5 star LDRP birthing suites, Neonatal ICU, a 4-bed Adult ICU, General
Inpatient facilities, and standard support services such as Digital
Radiology, Ambulance services, Pharmacy, Laboratory and a 24 hour
on-site Blood Bank with emergency blood pre-screened to the American
Blood Bank standard.
Bayley & Jackson Beijing Medical Center
#7 Ritan Dong Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020
( 8610) 8562-9998 Fax: (8610) 8561-4866
Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics
#2 Jiang Tai Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100016
(8610) 6433-3960 Fax: (8610) 6433-3963
Emergency Hotline: (8610) 6433-2345
Beijing United Family Clinic - Shunyi
Pinnacle Plaza, Unit # 818
Tian Zhu Real Estate Development Zone
Shunyi District, 101312
(8610) 8046-5432 Fax: (8610) 8046-4383
Peking Union Medical Hospital
1 Shuai Fu Yuan, Dong Cheng Distict, Beijing 100730
Tel: 86-10-6529-5269(registration and information); 86-10-6529-5284
(24 hours); 86-10-6529-6114 (operator)
Modern Facilities with English speaking staff. Separate ward for
World Link Shanghai Clinics: Expatriate doctors and imported vaccines.
Shanghai Center #203 W, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, 200040
Tel: 86-10-6279-7688. For appointments: 86-10-6279-8678
Hong Qiao Clinic:
Mandarin City Unit 30, 788 Hong Xu Lu, 201103
Tel: 86-106405-5788; Fax: 86-10-6405-3587
Shanghai United Family Hospital and Clinics
1139 Xian Xia Rd., Chang Ning District, Shanghai 200336 PRC
Tel: 86-21-5133-1900 (information and registration)
GlobalDoctor, Ltd., has opened clinics staffed by English-speaking
doctors within the VIP wards of government-run hospitals in Chengdu,
Nanjing, and Beijing. GlobalDoctor can be reached by telephone from
China at 86-10-8456-9191 or on the Internet at http://www.eglobaldoctor.com/.
Additional information on medical providers specializing in treating
foreigners for general medical, dental and orthodontic problems
are available at http://www.usembassy-china.org.cn/.
Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such
as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may
be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions
hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747)
or via the CDCs Internet site at http://www.cdc.gov/travel.
For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad consult
the World Health Organizations (WHO) website at http://www.who.int/en.
Further health information for travelers is available at http://www.who.int/ith.
MEDICAL INSURANCE: The Department of State strongly urges Americans
to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling
abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and whether
it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. Please
see our information on medical insurance overseas at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1470.html.